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Sixty Seconds with: Casey Rose Frank

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Casey Rose Frank. Be sure to check out her bio at her winner’s page! Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  I love the way the kid, and kids in general, are often obvious “hiders.” What if no one was looking for someone who was excited to be found?

2) How long have you been writing flash? A little over one year. 

3) What do you like about writing flash? I love the divine complexity of creating a whole world within a limited amount of words.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Keep writing. Write the first story that comes from that awesome and inexplicable writer part of your brain. The first idea seems to be the “truest.”

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyVoima Oy. I am frequently floored by her world building and the way she selects the most beautiful words to describe everything. I am jealous of her in the way one can be jealous of someone they adore and admire.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Yes, Angry Hourglass, Three Line Thursday, Micro Bookends, and sometimes Finish That Thought.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I have two unfinished novels. I suspect they are unfinished because my heart belongs to Flash.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I don’t have one; the story machine in my head samples from quite a few.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  My research for a particular WIP has recently included insurance policies, the government, and the origin of birthday candles.

10) How do you feel about dragons? I have had a lifelong affection for Falkor the luckdragon, but can admit the fire breathing ones make me nervous.

Sixty Seconds with: Image Ronin

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Image Ronin. Be sure to check out his bio at his winner’s page! Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  Reading a newspaper article on Yiwu over my morning espresso, every image and word made my heart sink. (It’s this one.)

2) How long have you been writing flash? About a year … wish I could say longer, or hint at childhood passions. Truth is writing only found me recently. And I’m richer for it.

3) What do you like about writing flash? The challenge. The art of being succinct. And the incredible community of writers that have (hopefully) accepted me.

4) OK, so you’re a Flash! Friday winner AND a new dragon captain? Impressive!! But what possessed you to agree to judging?? Bribery? No, the fault lies purely with Mark King and David Shakes. Their passion for supporting all in the flash community was incentive enough to put something back.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyI run with the #flashdogs, all of whom are incredible – though the imagination and imagery of @voimaoy never fails to inspire.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Sporadically. Mainly The Angry Hourglass, Micro Bookends, Luminous Creatures, Three Line Thursday and Paper Swans … hmm think I have an issue….

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Short stories, terrible poetry and I have a novel nearing completion ….

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Anything that fractures the way my world feels. It’s less about genre and more about the concept for the reader in me.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Trainspotting meets Casablanca via Close Encounters. A girl, an alien race, the end of the world and The Cure on a battered walkman.

10) How do you feel about dragons? As Pratchett put it “It’s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also a bloody great hot flying thing.”

Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 51

HIP HIP HURRAH!!!! WELCOME back to Flash! Friday (unless this is your first visit, in which case Welcome for the First Time!). Today is bittersweet and exciting and wonderful all wrapped up in one, as we round out Year Two and look ahead to next week’s Flashversary contest and then the launch of Year Three. Here are a few Year Two stats for your celebratory pleasure:

* Back-to-back wins by Cindy Vaskova, Michael Seese, and Josh Bertetta

* 42 different winners (see the winners’ wall here)

* 4th wins for Betsy Streeter, Maggie Duncan, and Karl Russell

* Record number of entries: 95 (on Sept 26, which was won by Michael Seese)

* New contests launched out of the FF community in 2014: Flash Frenzy (Flash! Friday winner Rebecca Allred); Three Line Thursday (Grace Black); Christian Flash Weekly (Flash! Friday 2-time winner Charles Short); Micro Bookends (David Borrowdale)

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Go big or go home, they say, so I can’t imagine a more awesome way to close out Year Two than by welcoming flash fiction powerhouse Splickety Publishing Group as our guest judges. These are flash-obsessed publishers with three glorious imprints: Splickety Prime, Splickety Love, and Havok, and they are good friends of mine (but don’t hold that against them). Read all about Splickety here.

NOTE: In honor of their appearance this week and out of the goodness of their hearts, Splickety is offering a special subscription discount to our Flash! Friday community. Details here

DOUBLE NOTE: Like all our judges, they will read FF stories blind. Subscriptions will have no influence on their decision. No monkey business here; we’re all perfectly trustworthy dragons.

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Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Wednesdays.  I (Rebekah) post my own unbalanced writings sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays.   

Now, grab an umbrella and write us a story! 

* Word count150 word story (10-word leeway on either side) based on the photo prompt.

HowPost your story here in the comments. Include your word count (140 – 160 words, excluding title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new, don’t forget to check the contest guidelines.

Deadline11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post Monday

Prize: The Flash! Friday e-dragon e-badge for your blog/wall, your own winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview next Wednesday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity. 

***Today’s Dragon’s Bidding (required element to incorporate somewhere in your story; does not need to be the exact word(s) unless specifically instructed to do so, e.g. “include a mischievous group of writers named ‘Flash Dogs'”):

 Coming of age

***Today’s Prompt:

Your hand in mine; goodbye.

Your Hand in Mine/Goodbye. CC2 photo by Tony.